Coronavirus: Remote stewardship advice service launched

Natural England (NE) has launched a remote advisory service for anyone in England applying to the Countryside Stewardship Mid-Tier scheme.

The scheme application window closes on 31 July and NE is providing the service to help farmers, land managers and consultants apply during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Applicants can arrange a clinic session of up to 90 minutes with a dedicated regional contact (see “Mid-Tier Scheme Regional Advice Contact List”).

See also: Countryside stewardship: What to consider before applying

A spokeswoman said the session would ideally be held online, using a video conferencing tool like Zoom, but farms without online access can also take part in a session over the phone.

She explained that phone calls could be more difficult because it would be harder to share field data and records without some visual access.

It is important to be prepared for a session with an application pack to hand and ideas on what options are suitable for the holding, she added.

Book a session

Select the relevant regional contact from the list and use the email or phone number to book a clinic session 

Mid-Tier scheme regional advice contact list

Region Counties Contact Telephone Email
North East Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, County Durham, Tees Valley Adas 08453 713 399
North West Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire Jennifer Davies (Chris Seabridge and Associates Ltd) 07593 449 868
Yorkshire and Humberside North, South, East and West Yorkshire, North and Northeast Lincolnshire Adas 08453 713 399
East Midlands Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire. Adas 08453 713 399
West Midlands Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire Jennifer Davies (Chris Seabridge and Associates Ltd) 07593 449 868
East Anglia and
South East
Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Kent, Surrey, London, East and West Sussex Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group East of England 07907 872 714
South West Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Avon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire Berkshire, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, South West  01823 663 074

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